◼️ The 43-year-old Argentine was appointed by FIFA to be the referee of the deciding match between France and Croatia on Sunday.

Néstor Pitana was confirmed as the referee to lead the final of the 2018 World Cup on Sunday, which will be held by France and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

The 43-year-old missionary had refereed the inaugural match between the host and Saudi Arabia and, in this way, emulates his compatriot Horacio Elizondo, who in 2006 led the opening game of the World Cup in Germany and the final between Italy and France.

In his second participation in a World Cup, after being designated as an Argentine representative in Brazil 2014, Pitana was the referee in this World Cup also in matches like France-Uruguay, for the quarterfinals, Croatia-Denmark in the second round and the of Mexico-Sweden in group stage, in addition to the one mentioned on the opening day.

In 2014, Pitana was chosen as the Best Referee of America according to the International Federation of Football History and Statistics.

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